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Pan Seared Salmon over a Strawberry Salad

11 Apr

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I love salmon when it is paired with something sweet.

Since I have to watch my sugar intake this strawberry dressing is perfect.

One Sockeye salmon fillet

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

Dried dill weed

One large handful of spring mix

6 to 8 strawberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1 tablespoon honey

Sugar snap peas

Scallions

Lemon

Heat a skillet

Season the salmon with a sprinkling of salt, dill weed and  lots of pepper.

Add the oil to the hot skillet

Place the salmon skin side down in the pan for about 4  minutes.

It is time to turn the fish when the skin is brown and crispy

Turn over for another couple of minutes

Take off the heat and set aside

Drizzle with fresh lemon juice

Put the spring mix and pea pods on your plate

Whip the strawberries, oil and honey in the processor till smooth

Drizzle over the greens

Add the salmon  and top with diced scallions

Use the rest of the dressing as a dipping sauce.

Give yourself $25.00 for not going to a restaurant for this fabulous meal.

 

 

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Fish Fillet Sandwich

11 Mar

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I wait all year to overeat the fish sandwich at McDonalds.

I LOVE them and I do use the plural because I used to eat so many.

This is why I am fat.

Not this year.

McDonalds usual 2 for $3.00 has become 2 for $5.00.

I know inflation, blah, bah, blah.

But I put my foot down and refuse to pay that.

My wonderful Shaws fish department had haddock on sale and, once again, it is wonderful.

One bag of Martin potato rolls

Two pounds of haddock

Eight slices of American cheese

Good tartar sauce

3 tablespoons cornstarch

1/4 teaspoon salt and pepper

2 tablespoons olive oil

One tablespoon butter

Cut the fish into eight pieces

Combine the cornstarch, salt and pepper in a bag.

Put the fish inside and shake until everything is lightly coated

Heat the pan with the oil and butter on medium high heat.

Add the fish but do not let it touch

You may have to do two batches and if so add more butter and oil if you have to.

The fish should have a nice golden crust before you flip it over

Add a slice of cheese on each fillet and the fish will cook for another couple of minutes and the cheese will melt.

Warm the rolls for 5 to 10 seconds in the microwave.

Spread the tartar sauce on both sides of the roll

Add the nice hot fish and cheese.

Cover with the other half of the warm roll.

Serve with pickles.

McDonalds you will never see $5.00 from me again. Maybe $3.00 on two when you have a sale…

 

 

 

Tuna and Steak Platter

21 Aug

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I  just put together a help yourself dish.

It is one plate serving.

6 hard boiled sliced eggs

10 slices of crisp cooked bacon

One bag of small potatoes that you roast in the oven with salt, pepper and oil.

One bag of steamed broccoli

Three tuna fillets just quickly seared.

Three boneless rib eye steaks. Grill them to rare. Remove any excess fat and slice the steaks into 1/4 inch thickness.

Two large sliced onions.

Two tablespoons butter

Slice the onions and stir fry in the butter untill still crunchy.

Add the steak and stir fry for a minute just to get it warm.

Season with salt and pepper

One big wedge of good blue cheese

Slices of Italian bread and a good tomato salad are a must.

Serve with a Chimichurri sauce.

The recipe for the sauce is on the blog.

Shrimp and Vegetable Salad

20 Aug

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Salad can be anything but I decided to include everything.

I just get carried away when I am not following a recipe.

The vegetables are so good now that I couldn’t decide what to choose.

So, just get a pretty platter out and starting filling it.

I steamed almost everything.

Green beans, Brussel sprouts and edamame.

I did roast red peppers with oil and garlic.

I also stir fried zucchini.

Sliced a large cucumber

Boiled two pounds of shrimp, garnish with lemon slices.

Serve with cocktail sauce for the shrimp and a dijon vinegrette dressing for the vegetables.

 

 

Cracking Lobster

17 Jul

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This is so simple and so fast.

Have the store steam the lobsters.

Take two dish towels.

Place one towel on your counter.

Put the lobster claws and knuckles on a towel.

Cover with another towel.

Then take your rubber mallet and bang each shell till it cracks.

Take the top towel off and you have all these cracked shells that the lobster meat just falls out of.

Take a scissor to the soft part of the tail and cut it down the center.

Pull the meat out.

One lobster takes maybe five minutes.

Use the small legs, shells and bodies for a delicious stock.

 

Pan Fried Cod in Creamy Lemon Sauce

26 Feb

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I figured God invented Lent so we could enjoy meatless meals more.

This is FABULOUS and doesn’t take a lot of time.

3/4 cup all purpose flour plus 1 1/2 tablespoon for the sauce

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

1/2 teaspoon salt

Two pounds of boneless, skinless cod cut into 5 to 6 inch fillets

6 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 1/2 cups chicken broth

1 1/2 cups heavy cream

The juice of one big lemon at least 3 tablespoons

One big thin sliced lemon

The zest of a big lemon

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

1/2 teaspoon sugar

4 Tablespoons capers

Mix the flour, salt and pepper together in a plastic bag.

Shake till they are all coated with the flour .

Heat a large skillet with the buttter

Shake off the excess flour and place in the pan on medium high heat till the fish is nice and brown.

Turn over and brown the other side.

Place on a plate and cook the remaining fish.

Use the same pan

Pour the chicken broth and lemon juice into the pan

Add the lemon slices

Bring everything to a boil till it is reduced to half.

Remove the lemon slices

Add the one cup of cream, lemon zest and heat on medium for 5 minutes

Add the garlic powder, sugar , the remaining cream and 1 1/2 tablespoon of the seasoned flour

Bring this to a boil

This should thicken in a couple of minutes. Just keep an eye on it because it can boil over. What a mess.

It is going to be a loose creamy sauce

Add the cooked fish, lemon slices and make sure it is all coated with the sauce

Add the capers with the brine

It may need more salt so this is the time to adjust your seasoning.

Serve with rice, noodles, potatoes or quinoa.

I served it with a big bowl of steamed sugar snap peas, pilaf and a huge salad.

I thought my son was mad at me because he didn’t talk for ten minutes,  he only moaned.

This is his new favorite.

 

 

 

 

Tuna Salad

2 Feb

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This is from the Mayo Clinic diet plan but I thought it needed more flavor and it was really good.

2 cans drained solid white tuna

One can of drained white beans

6 tablespoons of chopped Italian parsley. Only use fresh.

1/4 of a large red onion or 4 scallions, diced

The juice and zest of a lemon

2 tablespoons olive oil

1/2 diced fresh red pepper

2 heaping tablespoons capers with the brine

6 chopped pickled jalopenos slices

2 chopped sweet pickles

3 to 4 cups baby arugula

10 to 15 grape tomatoes

grapes on the side

Flake the tuna apart so you don’t have any big chunks

Add everything else and mix well

Serve on the arugula with the tomatoes and grapes as garnish

If I wasn’t on a diet I would put this on a toasted Italian or ciabatta roll that I smeared with butter. The roll would be crunchy and the butter would melt and anything tastes great on this.

Great beach lunch